Click HERE To Search our Collection: This will take you to Insignia, our Online Catalogue.  You will need to select West Elgin Secondary School under All Libraries to limit your search to our books and resources.

You may choose to reserve an item to pick up.  Here are links to help you do this:

                    How to Reserve Materials Video                                 How to Reserve Materials Step-by-step with pictures 

Help Requests

Reader's Advisory

If you need to read a book for class, but you don't really know what to choose, let me help!  Click the picture to fill out a Google Form, and I will send you some suggestions that you might like.

What to Read Next: Book Recommendations - I'm Not the Nanny

Research Requests

If you have are having trouble finding the informationyou need, I can help!  Click the picture to fill out a Google Form, and I will send you a list of resources available either in library or online.         


If you have any other questions, either about research, databases, bibliographies, using tech/Google, or books, please email me at

Research and Citations

Research @ WESS Library

Online Resources available with your Gotvdsb login

Planning Your Research: Notetaking and different types of sources

Searching for Reliable Information

Databases:  An amazing amount of reliable information available 24/7! Please click the link to see our selection.

How to Search the Databases for Critical Essays: if you need critical essays as secondary sources, here's how to find them. 

Citations and Bibliographies

Google has made it so easy to create a list of sources, cite from them, and then it creates the works cited/references pages for you!

Using Google Citations Tool


The following documents explain how to format your paper (title pages, font sizes, spacing, etc.) and how to use quotations and paraphrasing to support your ideas

MLA Format Guide

APA Format Guide

Chicago Style Guide



On Your Own Guide:                    On Your Own


This is the handbook to everything!  Essay and report writing, researching and note-taking, and all citations. 

see citation guides above for more up-to-date info.   Warning:   this uses MLA 7 where we have moved to MLA 8

Access is password protected (see welcome pamphlet or the librarian).  





Ebooks and Audiobooks


Find tons of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines that appeal to all ages!

Sora, by OverDrive Education (@Sorareadingapp) | Twitter

Students log in with their account and password.



(Note: not all information is applicable for TVDSB)




Infobase books has a collection of 50+ titles in a variety of subjects available online anytime.

Contact your librarian for username and password.


Basic Nutrition, Second EditionAddictionBigfoot, Yeti, and Other Ape-Men





OLA's Forest of Reading Awards for High School

Red Maple Award LogoRed Maple Book Nominees

Archive of Nominees and Winners (PDF)

White Pine Award LogoWhite Pine Book Nominees

Archive of Nominees and Winners (PDF)

Contact Us

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